Short of the Week

Winners | SOTW Awards 2014!

SOTW / March 4, 2014

From the hundreds of thousands of films released online last year to the 200+ we featured on Short of the Week to the 30 nominees and now to 9 winners and just one Short of the Year—it’s been a long journey. These are the greatest films from the past year that took the torch of short film and charged into the unknown. While the Oscars seem predictable, these films explored new genres, new characters, new styles, and left an impression upon us we can’t ever shake.

Short of the Year!
Documentary about Life & Society in Live-Action
Pounding the tarmac through the seasons, a band of runners are brazenly challenged with intimate questions as they pace their routes.
Winners!
Western about Desperation in Performance
Edson Oda / 5 min / USA
Classic face off with Death told through a series of drawings and objects.

Comedy about Family in Live-Action
Todd Sklar / 12 min / USA
After Dad dies, two brothers reunite to continue their childish rivalry in this hilarious Sundance short that spawned the feature, Awful Nice.

Drama about Loss in Live-Action
A couple is determined to plant a tree in the middle of winter following the loss of their child.

Fantasy about Conquest in 3D Animation
The Argentinian house 3DAR puts together an astounding passion project. Faced with the destruction of his habitat from encroaching development, a monkey decides to change the system from the inside.

Comedy about Friendship in Live-Action
Mark Lester / 11 min / USA
A year in the life of a guy and his car. A funny/romantic/tragic short film.

Drama about Love in Animation
Jonathan Ng / 7 min / Canada
In this "crouching love, hidden breakup" story, inspired by 50's Shanghai water ink animation & kung fu films, themes of distance, tradition, art and longing dominate a telephonic conversation.

Drama about Loss in Live-Action
Andrew Renzi / 13 min / USA
On a night out in New York City, a young man avoids his problems.

Sci-Fi about Love in Live-Action
Jesse Atlas / 11 min / USA
War, fate, and a broken walkman transcend space and time in this sci-fi love story.

Documentary about Perseverence in Live-Action
Brian McGinn / 24 min / USA
Ashrita Furman holds the official record for the most Guinness World Records by one individual. This is his story.
Audience Award

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Drama about Loss in Live-Action
Andrew Renzi / 13 min / USA
On a night out in New York City, a young man avoids his problems.

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  • Anonymous

    All of the shorts I have seen from this winner’s list have been great or better, I’m looking forward to seeing the rest.

    Thanks SotW team for providing one really nice place to come to watch shorts and for easing access to some great shorts throughout the previous year.

  • kung_fuelvis

    A great list of films – A little disappointing that there is such a strong American/Canadian presence, hopefully the rest of the world will step up their game in producing short films capable of winning accolades in our next Short of the Week awards.

  • http://www.andrewsallen.com Andrew S Allen

    Thank you, Bob! It’s finding and showcasing great films like these that keeps us going.

  • http://www.andrewsallen.com Andrew S Allen

    Hey, our Short of the Year winner is from the UK!

  • kung_fuelvis

    And I’m extremely proud of ‘The Runners’ for winning. Just hoping that in the coming 12 months we’ll feature some shorts from around the world that can contend with the shorts in this list.

  • Péter Vácz

    Fantastic… It’s great to have different points of views on what’s going on in the independent film industry – I am happy to be able to watch these highlighted films!

  • Anonymous

    Possible xplanation is sometimes people just don’t make an international version of their film, because not everybody speaks english in da world !

  • Anonymous

    Possible xplanation is sometimes people just don’t make an international version of their film, because not everybody speaks english in da world !

  • kung_fuelvis

    I would have thought if you make films, you’d want as many people as possible to view it.